Animal Massage Therapy in Saskatoon

Are you looking for additional therapies that can be used in conjunction with your pet’s regular veterinary care? You are in luck! Here at Orchard Vet Care, we are pleased to offer pet massage, laser therapy, and veterinary chiropractic! While alternative therapies shouldn’t replace regular wellness and medical care, they can be hugely advantageous as adjunct tools to maintain a happy, healthy pet.

Is Massage Right for My Pet?

There is no question that massage-style body work will help canine athletes involved in physically challenging sports such as agility, flyball and frisbee.  Dogs who help us live our lives safely such as guide dogs, search and rescue, police dogs also enjoy great benefits from one on one time having someone give back to them. Not to forget companion dogs who are getting older, are injured or who are recovering from surgery. Unlike humans, dogs are not able to tell us when they are hurting, but here are some things to watch for:

- Stumbling, dragging a foot or limping
- Showing shortened stride
- Seems to be unhappy or depressed
- Is laying down more than normal
- Appears unable to get comfortable
- Is panting without exertion
- Showing signs of stiffness
- Is not able to get up easily from laying down

Your dog could be experiencing pain caused by stress points, trigger points, muscle spasm/tension, ect. which can be helped greatly by massage.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

- Improve circulation of blood and lymph which has a resulting
- Increase in oxygenation and nutrient availability while removing metabolic waste from the tissues and cells in the body
- Release contracted muscles
- Increase flexibility and elasticity by loosening muscle fibres
- Improve movement and range of motion thereby decreasing gait restrictions
- Promote relaxation of the nervous and musculo-skeletal systems
- Releases stress and tension
- Increases performance level at shows and events
- Reduces recovery time from injury and surgery
- Help alleviate physiological and psychological problems
- Bring about an all-around improvement in mind, body and spirit